For the past few years, Belle Meade has been releasing Cognac, Madeira, and Sherry cask finished bourbons at 45.7% ABV and with age statements that have changed over time and more recently have been removed. In late 2018, Belle Meade released single cask cask strength versions of these finished bourbons to a few markets across the US, with Washington DC as one of two markets lucky enough to get the single cask XO Cognac finish (180 bottles). While very few details are provided, I was able to confirm with Belle Meade that the bourbon itself is 12 years old, a huge step up from the 6-7 year for the standard release, but the length of the finish and the cognac’s origins were not disclosed.
At the time of these releases in 2018-2019, finished MGP bourbons were still fairly uncommon, with Joseph Magnus, One Eight Distilling’s Untitled line, and Belle Meade doing the bulk it (to the best of my knowledge). A lot has changed in the 18-24 months since, as finished MGP bourbons have become a little more widely distributed, including Redwood Empire Haystack Needle and Bardstown Bourbon Company Copper and Kings / Chateau de Laubade Finish. I’ve been on a finished bourbon spree lately and loving every moment of it, so let’s find out if the streak continues in this Belle Meade Select Cask Cognac Finish Bourbon for Washington DC review.